Saint Lucia black finch

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Saint Lucia black finch
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Melanospiza
Ridgway, 1897
Species: M. richardsoni
Binomial name
Melanospiza richardsoni
(Cory, 1886)

The Saint Lucia black finch (Melanospiza richardsoni) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. Sometimes classified in the bunting and American sparrow family Emberizidae, more recent studies have shown it to belong in the tanager family. It is monotypic within the genus Melanospiza.[citation needed] It is endemic to Saint Lucia.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and plantations . It is threatened by habitat loss.

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